Legislature(2017 - 2018)CAPITOL 106

02/09/2018 08:00 AM House EDUCATION

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08:03:08 AM Start
08:03:28 AM HB214
08:18:08 AM Adjourn
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Moved HB 214 Out of Committee
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          HB 214-BREE'S LAW; DATING VIOLENCE PROGRAMS                                                                       
8:03:28 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DRUMMOND  announced that the  only order of  business would                                                               
be HOUSE BILL  NO. 214, "An Act renaming a  portion of the Alaska                                                               
Safe  Children's  Act  as  Bree's Law;  relating  to  Bree's  Law                                                               
programs and  Bree's Law activities; relating  to dating violence                                                               
and abuse  policy, training, awareness, prevention,  and notices;                                                               
and providing for an effective date."                                                                                           
8:04:11 AM                                                                                                                    
PATRICK  FITZGERALD,  Staff,   Representative  Harriet  Drummond,                                                               
Alaska  State   Legislature,  presented  HB  214   on  behalf  of                                                               
Representative Drummond,  prime sponsor.   He stated  that Bree's                                                               
Law is  in reference to  Bree Moore, who  was a victim  of dating                                                               
violence  which ended  her life  senselessly.   He reported  that                                                               
Alaska  ranks in  the top  ten states  with the  worst record  of                                                               
dating  violence and  sexual  abuse, with  more  than 1,000  high                                                               
school  students reporting  sexual  dating violence  one or  more                                                               
times  in  2017.    Mr. Fitzgerald  stated  that  this  statistic                                                               
provides "a scary  glimpse into the future of  ... generations of                                                               
Alaskans who  think it  isn't abnormal to  experience abuse  in a                                                               
relationship."  He said everyone  has a role in preventing dating                                                               
violence, and establishing a line  of help and awareness needs to                                                               
happen in order to end such violence.                                                                                           
MR.  FITZGERALD explained  that Bree's  Law would  address dating                                                               
violence  sections  of the  Alaska  Safe  Children's Act  "in  an                                                               
effort  to create  an ...  effective, knowledgeable  awareness to                                                               
combat the horrible trend that plagues  this state."  He said the                                                               
hope of  the sponsor  is that Bree's  Law will  become recognized                                                               
and  identified  in  helping young  adults  in  relationships  to                                                               
access the  help they need to  be able to remove  themselves from                                                               
abusive relationships.   He said  Bree's Law is  being referenced                                                               
by  educators across  the  state as  "an  informal identifier  of                                                               
dating  violence  prevention"; passing  HB  214  would make  that                                                               
official.   Mr.  Fitzgerald  informed the  committee that  Bree's                                                               
parents, Butch and Cindy Moore, were on line.                                                                                   
8:06:15 AM                                                                                                                    
BUTCH MOORE  stated, "We have  really made some great  strides in                                                               
reducing  dating violence  in Alaska."   He  noted that  Governor                                                               
Bill  Walker  had  signed a  proclamation  naming  February  2018                                                               
Dating Violence and  Awareness Month.  He reported  that in 2015,                                                               
10.1 percent  of teens  polled experienced  dating violence.   He                                                               
said, "That  was the year  we worked  on passing the  Alaska Safe                                                               
Children's Act."   He said in 2017, another poll  of teens showed                                                               
that the number  of them who had experienced  dating violence had                                                               
dropped to 5.5 percent.  He  said 3,500 posters are being sent to                                                               
all  359  middle schools  and  high  schools, and  those  posters                                                               
provide  an  800  number,  a  text number,  and  an  online  chat                                                               
resource available 24/7 to anonymously  reach a trained advocate,                                                               
who can  route the person to  services in his/her community.   He                                                               
said this  information is crucial,  because many times  a student                                                               
does not  want to  talk to a  teacher.  Mr.  Moore said  there is                                                               
also a  public service announcement  on the governor's  web site.                                                               
He  stated that  "we" have  a web  site that  is linked  with the                                                               
Council  on Domestic  Violence and  Sexual  Assault (CDVSA),  the                                                               
Alaska Network  on Domestic Violence  & Sexual  Assault (ANDVSA),                                                               
and Love Is Respect -  a national teen dating violence prevention                                                               
MR.  MOORE, regarding  the  use of  Bree's  name for  educational                                                               
purposes,  said currently  there is  no nationwide  education for                                                               
tenth- through  twelfth-graders that addresses "the  lethality of                                                               
dating violence and  actually murder."  He said  "we" are working                                                               
with the  Department of Education  & Early  Childhood Development                                                               
and  several school  districts,  including  the Anchorage  School                                                               
District, to develop  a small outline and a  four- to five-minute                                                               
video that  teachers can use in  the classroom.  He  said [he and                                                               
his  wife] have  gone to  many  speaking engagements  and to  the                                                               
Student  Advisory   Board  in   Anchorage,  which   comprises  80                                                               
students, and  told them  about Bree.   He  stated, "They  had no                                                               
idea  why they  had had  this education;  ... when  they realized                                                               
that Bree was killed, all the  dots were connected for them."  He                                                               
said  he has  received  input from  various  boards, from  Abused                                                               
Women's  Aid in  Crisis (AWAIC),  from Victims  for Justice,  and                                                               
from  several  Native  corporations.    He  relayed  that  Native                                                               
corporations  have  said  the posters  are  needed  in  community                                                               
centers and  libraries to  show people  in villages  that [dating                                                               
violence] is  not limited to  rural areas.   Mr. Moore  said "we"                                                               
have a lot of support, and he  credited timing as one reason.  He                                                               
mentioned media  influence toward change.   He offered  thanks to                                                               
the committee for its work on HB 214.                                                                                           
8:11:06 AM                                                                                                                    
CINDY MOORE  thanked the House  Education Standing  Committee for                                                               
considering HB 214.   She said the feedback  from school children                                                               
is unbelievable.  She stated,  "They don't even realize that some                                                               
of the  red flags  that exist  with dating  violence are  even an                                                               
issue."  One example she gave  was texting someone "5,000 times a                                                               
day."     She   said,  "It's   just  amazing   to  see   ...  the                                                               
transformation in  ... these kids  and their knowledge  of dating                                                               
violence prevention.   So, we're  going to  save a lot  of lives,                                                               
everyone.  Thank you so much."                                                                                                  
8:12:23 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DRUMMOND said she is delighted  to sponsor HB 214 and bring                                                               
Bree's name forward into law.                                                                                                   
8:13:33 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DRUMMOND, after  ascertaining that  there was  no one  who                                                               
wished to testify, closed public testimony on HB 214.                                                                           
8:13:41 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SPOHNHOLZ spoke to the  value of putting a name, a                                                               
face,  and  a  story  to  the issue  of  dating  violence.    She                                                               
speculated that  renaming the Alaska Safe  Children's Act section                                                               
regarding dating  violence and prevention after  Bree Moore would                                                               
help  to  make  a  personal  connection  for  many  students  and                                                               
hopefully reduce the incidences of  dating violence.  She said it                                                               
is exciting that teen violence  has decreased from [10.1] percent                                                               
to 5.5 percent.  She added, "But  I think we'd all love to see it                                                               
go to zero, if possible."                                                                                                       
8:15:10 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE PARISH  moved to  report HB  214 out  of committee                                                               
with individual  recommendations and  attached zero  fiscal note.                                                               
There being  no objection, HB 214  was reported out of  the House                                                               
Education Standing Committee.                                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 214 30-LS0781ver.O.PDF HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
HB 214 Fiscal Note.pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
HB 214 Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
HB 214 Supporting Documents ADN Article.pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
ANDVSA Bree's Law Support.pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
AWAIC HB214 letter of support.pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
ANTHC LOS HB214 Support .pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
Bishop Deena - Ltr to H.Drummond - Support for HB214 Bree's Law 031518.pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
Bree's Law DEED Poster Letter .pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB214 Commissioner Johnson Support 3.15.18 (002).pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
HB214 Rachel Curtiss Steller Support.pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
HB214 Steller Whitmore Support.pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
SCF HB 214 Support .pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
VFJ Support HB214.pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214
Supporting Documents ADN Article .pdf HEDC 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM
HB 214